It’s been announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently opened an investigation into possible power steering failures in MINI Cooper cars.
NHTSA decided to investigate after receiving complaints from 54 drivers and confidential field reports where the MINI Cooper suddenly lost power steering assistance. The issue seems to only be presenting itself in 2004 and 2005 model year cars. The good news is that there haven’t been any reported incidents and most drivers were able to gain control of their vehicle. One source of the problem, according to the NHTSA, could involve a power steering pump failure.
When reached for comment, BMW North America said the carmaker is aware of the investigation but has not yet received formal notification from NHTSA.
[Source: CNN Money]